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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the questions we often are asked.  If your question isn't answered below please contact info@spellingbee.co.nz

 

I've logged in but I can't get to the Spelling Bee resources?

This is most often caused by a browser cache error. Try one of the four suggestions below:

  • Access the login page from another browser (if you have a second browser installed on your computer). Eg, if you have been using Internet Explorer, try using Google Chrome, or Firefox, or vice-versa
  • Go to the homepage > click on the Login button > while holding down the 'CTRL' button on your computer keyboard, press the 'F5' button on your keyboard
  • Try accessing the site from a different computer
  • Still no success? Email support@spellingbee.co.nz with the details of the problem

Or this video tutorial might help.  

How does the school register?

To take part in a New Zealand Spelling Bee programme your school must register online.

To do so, go to www.spellingbee.co.nz.

Once your school is registered you will be emailed a username and password to access the resources in the programme you have registered for.

Does it cost to take part in the New Zealand Spelling Bee?

The New Zealand Spelling Bee programmes are free to all New Zealand schools.

The schools will however, have to cover the cost of photocopying the wordlists and test sheets for each student.

The 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee top 200 spellers need to arrange their own travel to the Semi-Final. The Finalists win airfares and accommodation for themselves and a parent/caregiver to the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final date TBC.

Can I compete in the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee if I am not in Years 9 or 10?

All students Years 1-8 can participate in the New Zealand Classroom Spelling Bees. The 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee however, is only open to students in Years 9-10.

What are the time frames for the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee?

MARCH ONWARDS

Schools with Years 9-10 students register online. 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee resources available online

MARCH - 5 JUNE

Participating Year 9-10 students study 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist.

6 JUNE– 10 JUNE

Participating Years 9-10 students do 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test. This is a written test of 100 words (50 from the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist and 50 unseen words).

13 - JUNE

Test sheets marked and papers couriered to Spelling Bee Organiser.

21 JUNE

Schools advised of the country’s top 200 Semi-finalists by email

21 JUNE

Semi-finalists register online to access the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Semi-final Wordlist.

SEMI-FINALS

2 August
Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin

3 August
Upper South Island Semi-final, Christchurch

4 August
Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

7 August
Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland

8 August
Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland

9 August
The Far North Semi-final, Whangarei

The Semi-finals comprise a written spelling test and an oral spelling bee.

The Semi-finalists win travel and accommodation for themselves and a parent or caregiver so they can compete in the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

*If a Semi-final has ten or less spellers the Spelling Bee Organiser reserves the right to select the finalists by their test results.

10 AUGUST

Finalists travel and accommodation booked. 

DATE TBC

2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final! 

 

What do I do if I am home schooled?

Home schooled can take part in either the New Zealand Classroom Spelling Bees, Years 1-8 and The 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee, Years 9-10 but they must email info@spellingbee.co.nz to register.

How can my child take part?

The 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee, Years 9-10 and The New Zealand Classroom Spelling Bee, Years 1-8 have been designed to be used by teachers in their classroom. These programmes are not part of the New Zealand school curriculum so teachers are not obliged to use them. The resources have been developed for ease of use but it may help if you offer to support the teacher by perhaps downloading the resources and copying them, overseeing the classroom test and marking.

Where do the words come from?

The words in all the wordlists come from The Concise Oxford English Dictionary 12th Edition. They are British-English NOT American-English.

Where are the six 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Semi-Finals Held?

SEMI-FINALS

2 August
Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin

3 August
Upper South Island Semi-final, Christchurch

4 August
Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

7 August
Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland

8 August
Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland

9 August
The Far North Semi-final, Whangarei

The Semi-finals comprise a written spelling test and an oral spelling bee.

The Semi-finalists win travel and accommodation for themselves and a parent or caregiver so they can compete in the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

*If a Semi-final has ten or less spellers the Spelling Bee Organiser reserves the right to select the finalists by their test results.


*If a Semi-final has ten or less spellers the Spelling Bee Organiser reserves the right to select the finalists by their test results.

I've registered but I haven't received a confirmation email?

It might take a few minutes to received our automatic email confirmation. If you haven't received anything in a few minutues . . .

  • Check the Spam or Junk folder of your email software
  • Still no confirmation? Email support@spellingbee.co.nz and we will re-send the confirmation to you
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